Jewish Museum attack: Suspect arrested in France

Is this the face of an anti-Semitic killer? He has been arrested for the shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels that left at least three dead last week
by ANT KATZ | Jun 02, 2014

An official with the prosecutor's office says the suspect has been handed to anti-terrorist investigators. She says the man was arrested on Friday during a customs inspection at a train and bus station in Marseille.

The man was found to have an automatic weapon of the same type used in the Brussels shootings of May 24. The official said ballistics analyses were under way to determine if it was the same weapon.

Reuters and the Associated Press have reported that Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins says police arrested the suspect, Mehdi Nemmouche, on Friday in Marseille after he arrived on a bus from Amsterdam.

He says the suspect had an automatic weapon like that used in the Brussels attack, and a white sheet scrawled with the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an extremist group fighting in Syria.

Radicalised behind bars

Molins said that Nemmouche had been behind bars at least five previous times in France, and became radicalised there.

"During his last stay in jail he was noticed for extremist (Islamic) proselytism," Molins said. "On December 31  2012, three weeks after he was freed, he travelled to Syria."

He added: "He spent over a year in Syria, where he seems to have joined the ranks of combatant groups, jihadist terrorist groups."

Nemmouche was being held on charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of weapons, all of which in the framework of a terrorist activity, Molins said. Nemmouche had said nothing so far, he added.

Experts have for years been worried about the radicalisation of foreign nationals who travel to Syria to fight for one side or another in the three-year-old civil war. Now the Brussels shootings raises fears that the hundreds of Europeans who have gone to join Islamic extremists in Syria could stage attacks back home.

"The new elements in this investigation draw attention once more to the problem of the 'returnees' - in other words the people going to Syria to participate in combat and return afterward to our country," said Van Leeuw. "All European countries are confronted at this moment with this problem."

1 Comment

  1. 1 Gary Selikow 03 Jun
    The inevitable result of BDS/pro-Palestinian agitprop-which needs to be banned and prosecuted as hate speech the same way Holocaust denial and anti-Black racism are


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